Mental Sunshine

“Mental sunshine will cause the flowers of peace, happiness, and properity to grow upon the face of the Earth. Be a creator of mental sunshine” -graffiti on a wall in Berkely, California

“Joy is prayer – Joy is strength – Joy is love – Joy is a net of love which you can catch souls. She gives most who gives joy.” – Mother Teresa

and finally

“Life will bring you pain all by itself. Your responsibility is to create joy.” – Milton Erickson, M.D.

I got all these quotes from a little, but powerful book called, “Attitude of Gratitude” by M.J. Ryan.

We’ve all been around people that seem to suck the happiness right out of every moment. But, most of us have also known people that have such vibrancy and joy, we felt fantastic and lighter every time we meet.

My desire is to spread joy. I want people to feel hope, acceptance and optimism when we come in contact.

I’ve been told I am too unrealistic and I have an active imagination of how things could be. There is pain and hurt in this world. How dare I ignore it? But, you can spread joy and be compassionate. There is enough negativity and depression in the world. Why would I want to be another cool, cynical critic?

I’ve seen people face the worst things, but still feel the joy in the moment of sipping a perfect cup of hot cocoa. They feel their time of despair, but don’t allow themselves to stay there.

What is great about the moment you are in right now? Does sunshine warm your face? Or does rain wet the grass to make it greener? How are you going to look at things today?